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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding

At the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies Conference (IAJGS), I attended a presentation on The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding of TNG. As the promotional material for the website explains,
The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding© ("TNG") is a powerful way to manage and display your genealogy data on your own web site, all without generating a single page of static HTML. Instead, your information is stored in MySQL database tables and dynamically displayed in attractive fashion with PHP (a scripting language).
The presentation was by Darrin Lythgoe the author of “The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding” and a Senior PHP+Ajax Developer at Darrin earned a BA in Journalism/Computer Science in 1991. Originally from Massachusetts, he now lives in Sandy, Utah with his wife Andrea and three daughters.

I am interested in the option to have my family tree online in my own program and I have investigated a number of options. So far, it has been easier to maintain a hosted family tree on or, but I am still open to the idea of having my own website. TNG appears to be the type of program that would make it much easier to get started with all of your family tree data online. If you are interested in creating your own website, you might want to check it out. 


  1. I have been using TNG to host my family site for several years. I like that it allows me to maintain control over my data (and in such an attractive format).

  2. I have had my tree on TNG for several years now. I allow anyone to access it but no one but me can change anything. I've met quite a few researchers from different branches of my tree and continue to work with them to share what each of us has. My site is and no account is needed. Just type in a name you want to find in the upper right hand corner of the home page and you are in. After using this I wouldn't dream of using anything else. And the best support ever from Darrin.